Verizon still commands a huge chunk of the Android market share in the U.S., but it showed some slow decline over the past few months while AT&T picked up a few percentage points. Chitika, the online advertising network, has always been in a unique position to dish out figures like these because of its presence on mobile-optimized websites. It’s not a completely accurate representation of the market, but it’s generally close enough.
According to the latest study conducted by Chitika, Verizon commands 41.05% of the Android smartphone share in the U.S., down from 51.418% in March. AT&T, on the other hand, went up to 8.72% from 3.583% during the same time frame. That’s quite a leap, and it’s likely thanks to the HTC Inspire and the Samsung Infuse 4G. One is a very capable Android handset sold at a budget price, and the latter is arguably the best Android handset on the AT&T network.
How are the others faring? Chitika says:
While Verizon still has four of the top five Android smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), its market share is clearly down. In contrast, AT&T’s share of the Android phone market is increasing, with devices such at the HTC Inspire gaining significant popularity among smartphone users. Both Sprint and T-Mobile remain relatively stable, thanks to the stability of their respective flagship devices (HTC Evo, MyTouch 4G).
Verizon is clearly the dominant player in the Android game in the U.S., but it looks like things might balance out over the course of a few years as the other carriers start picking up more desirable handsets similar to the HTC EVO 3D, myTouch 4G slide and the Samsung Galaxy S2.
However, if you’re looking for some solid Android handsets, especially ones with blazing fast 4G speeds, Verizon still might be your best bet to date. Hopefully AT&T will launch some solid LTE Android handsets soon, too.